Friday, December 23, 2011

Let there be Light

Today we (or at least those in the Northern Hemisphere) will get to enjoy an additional 3 seconds of daylight.  And it just keeps getting better with every passing day!  Well, at least until the next Solstice.
Most of us are probably rushing around trying to get all those last-minute things ready for Christmas, so the Solstice usually gets overlooked by most of the population.  Busybusybusybusybusy.  And I can relate.  But wouldn't it be nice to be able to recognize the truly awesome celestial phenomenon that brings more light into our life? 
I simply lit a few candles as a physical symbol to welcome the in the longer days.  Lucky for you, and any unsuspecting and unlucky passerby, my days of dancing naked under the cloak of night during the Solar Holidays are a distant memory (imagine what a train-wreck of a blog post that would have been!)  But I also spent some time enjoying the warm day yesterday by cleaning out both chicken coops.  Enjoying cleaning out chicken coops, you say?  Surely you're joking (no, I'm not.....and stop calling me Shirley)!  And what does shoveling chicken crap have to do with the Solstice?  Hang with me for just a sec, k?
But I did enjoy it.  You know why?  Because I took the time to recognize and enjoy the simple fact that the sun was shining, the weather was warm(ish) and my daughter was helping me with the farm chores.  Yeah, it took about twice the amount of time it would have if I had just done it myself, I had to wipe mud off Rhiannon's person more times than I can remember, the chickens were unduly harassed by same mud-covered toddler and the chicken food ended up everywhere but in the feed pans.
But there was light.  Not just from the few measly seconds of additional solar radiation, but from my daughter.  Rhiannon was the light to brighten my day.  And sometimes I forget about that.

So who brings light into your world?


  1. You know what counts! We all need to take more time to appreciate the many good things in our lives.

  2. What a wonderful post! I usually take the time to be very thankful for the waxing of a new light time - but I have been stressed with all the nonsense that has become my life these past weeks. I did take a moment to look up at the stars - which are plentiful in my unlit neighborhood - and give thanks for the beauty that surrounds me. Have a wonderful Christmas, CR.

  3. What a great post and I LOVE Rhiannon's turkey hat! :)
    Enjoy the return of the sun and all the light in your life! Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas!

  4. So who brings light into my world? You and the posts you write! Merry Christmas to you and yours!